State of the Union: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
State of the Union

Critics Consensus

State of the Union is an insightful and scathing collection of scenes from a troubled marriage, with Chris O'Dowd and Rosamund Pike proving to be compelling partners in sophisticated banter.



Critic Ratings: 23


Audience Score

User Ratings: 20
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Air date: May 6, 2019
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Air date: May 15, 2019
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Critic Reviews for State of the Union Season 1

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (10)

Pike and O'Dowd seemed to relax in to their roles; their ease with one another looked much more like that of a 15-year marriage than a read-through and a tech rehearsal.

Sep 9, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

These stories are as rewarding as they are withholding. By showing only slices of the protagonists' lives, the audience is tasked with looking out for changes in their dynamic. It's like a game of Spot the Difference.

May 9, 2019 | Full Review…

It's so good, in fact, you're left wishing there was more; more time, more settings, more to the story than just the simple structure these professionals excel within.

Jan 29, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

State of the Union worked because it was beautifully written by Nick Hornby, handsomely shot by Stephen Frears, and who doesn't like looking at Rosamund Pike sipping white wine?

Oct 14, 2019 | Full Review…

The first two episodes of this 10-parter about a middle-class married couple chatting in a pub on their way to counselling sessions were perfectly fine, with nuanced dialogue and fine playing by the leads, but they were also very slight.

Sep 16, 2019 | Full Review…

O'Dowd is his usual clever shaggy bear self; Pike quite a comedy find, even if you wonder, up until about halfway through, how the two could ever have got together in the first place, let alone survive marriage until one had to scratch that 15-year-itch.

Sep 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Here, though, sarcasm is what passes for middle-class frankness, where everything comes with a wry sense of detachment and, in Nick Hornby's script, a stagy way with words.

Sep 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Ten ten-minute films in which a couple grapples with the difficulties of maintaining an intimate relationship in our hurried times.

Jun 6, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Marriage is portrayed in ten excellent slices. [Full Review in Spanish]

May 14, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It is funny, but not boastful about it.

Oct 4, 2019 | Full Review…

It is as honest and multi-faceted an examination and appreciation of marriage as you could hope to find (as well as an astonishingly cliche-free one).

Sep 9, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

[Nick] Hornby has created a cleverly structured two-handed play in ten segments, lush with domestic hum-drummery, in which we will never see them in that therapist's room.

Sep 9, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for State of the Union: Season 1

  • Sep 15, 2019
    The writing is amazing
  • May 16, 2019
    Well written and utterly absorbing. Although it weighs in at only ten minutes per episode, each one is densely chewy and leaves you fully satiated. Shades of Woody Allen in the direction but Hornby's dialogue anchors the show in the UK and the Brexit references help to contemporise what otherwise could be a setting in the 90s. Brilliant and a timely antidote to superhero and fantasy fare.

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